After completing a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science at the University of Waikato, Akuhata Bailey-Winiata completed a summer scholarship using GIS (geographic information systems) to map the proximity of marae to the coast and rivers, and look at their elevation, slope and distance to the coast. Realising the impact that this research could have for his people and country, Akuhata embarked on a PhD to understand the exposure of coastal marae and urupā to a rise in sea level and to explore what the best way forward is to address this issue in the best way for Māori.
Adaption of pā to climate change - “Business as usual”
Adaptation in response to environmental and social changes is embedded in the fabric of Māori communities. This includes when our tūpuna navigated from Hawaiki to Aotearoa, through to the responses to Cyclone Gabrielle and will continue with the impacts of climate change. Adaptation is and will be ‘business as usual’ for many pā. In this kōrero, I will share a story of resilience and adaptation of my iwi Tūhourangi and whānau of Ngāti Rangitihi following their relocation after the 1886 Tarawera eruption. The lessons learnt following this event provide lessons in adaptation to help us plan to look after our pā and people with climate change.